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  1. Hello gents, I do at times wonder what guides us in the choices we make with regard to the kits that we build; I don't generally step outside the boundaries of the proper scale for model aircraft - 1/72 of course - and yet somehow I have found myself in possession of the Hasgawa 1/32 J2M3 Raiden as well as the Tamiya A6M2 Zero in the same scale. I do have a fondness for both aircraft obviously or else I shouldn't have bought them in the first place, I like the elegant lines of the Zero and the slightly stubby but powerful terrier-like look of the Raiden - in addition its Allied reporting name was 'Jack', the same as my own terrier (his name I mean, he was not involved in the Second World War and had no Allied code-name; also I like to think that if he had been involved he would at least have been on 'our' side but sometimes his behaviour does lead me to wonder...) Anyway as they say, we are where we are, and thanks to a scandalously low-price offer from Tiger Hobbies I am now the proud but perhaps a little bemused owner of this: ... and the box contains the following; instructions and transfers: ... and the following sprues: Some points of interest from my initial cursory look include several optional parts including a different set of propellers, a really nice pilot figure with three optional heads and a choice of arms, a one-piece slide-moulded forward cowling and optional open or closed canopy parts. I didn't really have anything in the way of references but fortunately Nick Millman's Aviation of Japan blog has a .pdf available of colour notes for the Raiden which is done in his usual exactingly thorough way and will, I have no doubt, prove invaluable. It's on the right-hand side of the webpage, scroll down a bit if you are interested in obtaining a copy. I'll have a peruse of that and work out what paints I need to use. Cheers, Stew
  2. Back in 1974 I attended an IPMS AGM at the RAF Museum in Hendon. There I bought the then new Revell 1/32 Beaufighter, made a desultory start and left it in its box...until now! This is the kit, laid out in all its glory... Notice the lack of decals... oh well, that means an after market set. As this kit has non dihedral tailplanes choice is limited, but I've ordered a sheet from Techmodel, and will do one from 307 Squadron RAF, Winter 1943 in the overall grey with dark green disruptive pattern on the upper surfaces. I couldn't face such a massive black model! There is a review of the kit from 2014 here: My initial impression is of a very simple kit, with limited detail and some major design simplifications, for example the wheel well liners are set so shallow that it would be impossible for the wheels to retract! There are some errors in the interior details, for example built from the box the radar operator would be unable to exit his position. As re-loading the 4 cannon was a part of his work on the early Beaus that represents a bit of a problem. More photos to follow: this will be mostly a "Build from the Box" with a few corrections and additions.
  3. Hello All, Just thought I’d post my last build - the Wingnut Wings Dolphin. I did some minor surgery to open up a couple of engine cowlings as it seemed a shame to hide the lovely detail. Will be making an appearance in ‘Scale Aviation Modeller’ shortly. Thanks for looking Guy
  4. A BIG Typhoon coming

    I have already announced my intent to do two 1/72 Hurricanes but I figured I might as well tell you part 2. I will try to build the Revell, 1/32 Typhoon. Ordered some replacement decals (noticed the damage on the ones I have) and I will give this beast a try as my second Group Build kit. Greg in OK
  5. So I'm on here all the time admiring everyone else's work, insight, and good nature and humor, but never really contribute. So as I delve back into this hobby addiction, which is greatly needed, I am making myself grow and delve deeper into this art. So I will put out updates on this build of Trumpeter's 1/32 Late F4F-3 and welcome feedback, critique, criticism, or experience...jokes too. My head is thick, my hide is thicker and I like the camaraderie on this site. I'm newer and want to jump in...so thanks. I have also started a new topic asking for insight to lap belts prior to Midway/early WWII. Thanks! So here is the office. Not finished with detail and have not started weathering washes. First attempt at hair spray technique on seat, floor and rudder pedals. I am a black baser so all is primed in black first.
  6. Thought I would share this here. This is my recently completed build from the Matchbox GB. My clear parts and decals were missing so the screen is scratch built using spare PE & some clear plastic. The engine was wired & spark plug caps made from Albion Alloys. Sprayed in Tamiya Aluminium from a rattle can. AKs metal paste Aluminium & gold was also used. The decal is from evil bay & it has been modelled after testing, hence no car numbers, engine and front cowlings off and the dirty lower sides. Enough waffle Thanks for looking. C&Cs welcomed.
  7. Builds to date Pt.3

    Hello again Next up we have Tamiya, ones a Spifire and the other’s a Mustang both 1/32... Spitefire Mk XIVe 1/32, 301 Sqn (Polish) RAF.. RAF Mustang Mk IV, 3 Sqn RAAF.. Til next time Iain
  8. Well it's done - not sure what to make of this kit, it's full of 'niggles' and silly errors by Italeri but it does end up quite nice. If it was Revell pricing it would be great, but it's Tamiya pricing so feels overpriced for what you get, especially with the errors. Peter
  9. Hi everyone After my Mosquito I have a real burning desire to build a large twin, I can’t justify spending the money on the Tamiya 1/32 Mosquito so this evening I was pottering around in the attic (as you do) and I found this.. ...I’d forgotten I bought it back in 2012 when it was first released (after a couple of sherries) and on seeing the size of it I packed it up and stored it away, until now. I intend for this to be my slow build for 2018,I am going to throw some AM at it such as brass guns, metal undercarriage, resin wheels and props, new seat harnesses, and Airscale instruments and placards and I’ll build it as an RAF example. I’m going to build it along side my FLY 1/32 Hurricane....wish me luck and why don’t you come along for the ride...it’s going to be a long one. Cheers all Iain.
  10. Hi folks While it's a pretty accurate shape with good surface texture the kit is very much 'short run' quality in terms of parts fit. It's ok, but surely a subject deserving of a first line manufacturer in 1/32. Merry Christmas to all Britmodellers! Regards J A.
  11. Hello, This is the old Matchbox/Revell 1/32 Spitfire 22/24. The cockpit, guns, wheels and decals are after-market parts. IMHO this kit is way too wrong to get a good Spitfire whitout a tremendous amount of work. The nose shape is wrong, the windscreen too, not sure about the propeller, panel lines... I regret having started it, anyway it is done, it is now displayed at the back my scalemodel showcase. cheers
  12. Wingnut Wings have given us another Christmas surprise and have just released a Sopwith Dolphin (so now we know why there was a gap in the numbering of the Camels, actually there was 2 gaps!). The kits have now arrived in stock at BlackMike Models and are open for general sales, for more information look here: https://www.blackmikemodels.co.uk/products/wingnut-wings-3207-sopwith-dolphin All pre-orders will be dispatched as soon as possible, i.e. as quickly as we can package them. Duncan B
  13. Hi, Academy Sopwith Camel 1/32 OOB. The model is made for the customer. Cheers, Martin
  14. Hi everyone My mosquito has been put to one side for a little while whilst I'm waiting for some oils to arrive from emodels so I thought I'd make a start on my Hurricane. I've seen some build reviews of the FLY Hurricane so I knew it was going to be a challenge to build but I didn't realise just how much, I think I've managed to break almost every part that I've removed from the sprues, the parts all require alot of clean up and the instructions are very vague at best, but if you want an accurate 1/32 Hurricane then it's the only game in town.....And I want a 1/32 Hurricane. I've made a start on the cockpit and my plan is to build as much as I can before I paint and detail it, it's gonna be a challenge but I think it will look ok once finished (fingers crossed). The Mosquito put safely to one side..It will get finished in due course. This took me about 3 hours tonight and as you can see the detail is very soft as is the plastic. I drilled out all the locating holes in the frame work and once I had it together I've filled the joints with my homebrew plastic filler which will hopefully give the structure some strength. I won't be doing much tomorrow as were off to Launceston for the Christmas market. Cheers all Iain
  15. Hi everyone Model of the F-15C fighter. I used photoetching of Eduard. I have made for the customer. Thank you that have glanced. Best regards, Martin
  16. Just can't make this into the picture on the box. It has to end up green and grey!!!fe Here's a couple of bits started so far. The general idea in my head is to finish with something that may have been flying around my home patch of North Northants back in the 80's. So maybe something from Cottesmore Tornado Training to keep a tentative link with the luftwaffe version the box is supposed to be.
  17. Hi everyone I constructed model in 2014 for the customer. I used PE Eduard and Aires Wheel bay. Cheers, Martin
  18. I suppose I best post this since it's the first model I've attempted to put together in over 30 years. Made many mistakes but if I learn from any of them I'm happy. It was never likely to be a showpiece A few firsts. First time ever with an airbrush, first serious effort at making a cockpit look somewhere close to how it should. And first go with acrylics which I soon realised I needed after the fluff from Dave the Cat made a mess of the enamels said cockpit was first decorated with. anyway.... Here's just a couple of pics but there's more on flickr if anyone's desperate to see what kind of mess it all got into. Including a few macro shots of the cockpit detail (or lack of it in my case). Now to decide whether I'm ready for the Revell 1/32 Lynx HAS.3 I bought the same day as the Spitfire.
  19. So I'm looking to build a 100 Sqn Hawk using Revell's 1/32 offering, and I'm looking to fit it out with the RAIDS system - Google has come up with a 1/48 resin example, but nothing in the larger scale. Has anyone come across these somewhere? Or scratched/bastardised one from something else? If anyone has any info that could help, I'd be most grateful! Additionally, info on where to source two decent examples of 1/32 RAF aircrew would be greatly appreciated!
  20. Dora Heinrich

    First serious bit of modelling I've attempted in about forty years – so guess that makes me a newbie! My first experience of photoetch, acrylics, airbrush... you name it. So I wanted to do a subject I felt a connection to, and something that would stretch me to the max. So it's Revell's 1/32 Schnellbomber which will assume the guise of 4D+DH 'Dora Heinrich' of 1.KG30.
 This Ju 88A-1 fell to the guns of 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron on 16/10/39 during a Luftwaffe raid on RN ships in the Firth of Forth. 'Dora' was the first enemy bomber downed by the RAF over the British mainland in WWII, and was on the receiving end of the first ever Spitfire victory.
 Born by the Forth, I have lived half my life on its banks, my family have worked for generations on its waters and in its docks and I live just a few miles from where 'Dora' ditched almost seventy-eight years ago. So I thought I'd make her the first half of a 1/32 'Dogfight Double'. Eventually I'll get around to tackling her nemesis – XT-A 'Stickleback' a MkIa Spit of 603 Squadron. Four months in, having too much fun, here's some (unfinished) pit shots. Apologise for quality – taken with an iPhone4 Cockpit side walls, still needs wiring/some piping added Eduard PE, Aims and homemade decals Floor and curtains printed on inkjet Pilot seat, control column and BZG2 Bombsight
  21. Hi Steve Long or any other ex RAN Skyhawk maintainers - I'm embarking on a long term restoration of an old 1/32 Hasegawa A4 Skyhawk of mine that ended up on the SOD - just wondering if I can get some guidance on the cockpit colours - I've seen some colour photos and it looks basically a mix of light greys & black instruments - ejection seat and parachute packs colours too - specifically looking for RAN A4G colours for the cockpit which I assume might be standard USN? - I am in the process of fitting an Avionics resin cockpit set. CJP
  22. I wasn’t on the list but couldn’t pass up the opportunity of the GB. I’m going to have a crack at this badger And the sprue shots Got to love that chrome. On closer inspection, I’m missing the decals and the clear parts. Decals sourced online, screen to be bodged when the time comes. And while I was ordering stuff, I ordered some Albion Alloys tubing just to keep @nimrod54 happy. Plan to replace the exhausts with it. How do you get a clean cut with the metal? On a plus note the man cave is finished!
  23. Mercedes sskl

    I'll mark my corner with this little kit in 1/32 scale, i'll add a few bits of my own and discard a few, i'll post some pictures soon, hope to build it part stripped down, in a rough barn/worshop setting kind of been under a tarp for a few years, in fact that may be my fall back if it gets too much, bit of tissue soaked in pva draped over the top, but the time scale of the gb is quite lengthy so hopefully i can pull this off, Glynn
  24. Hi folk's,hoping it's third time lucky after m issing the deadline on the last two GB,s I'm gonna have a go at Revell's re-pop of the Matchbox Spitfire. apologies for it not being an original but at just over a tenner at a recent sale it had to be worth a punt.I know I had a crack at this kit many moons ago when new and can guess at what would have been for the younger me an over complicated build never got far! So a nice relaxed OOB build on the card's don't care about the fault's or innaccuracies I need after a five week lay off a mojo kickstart,see you soon.
  25. Hi chaps just thought I'd share a couple of Vacuform kits that my Dad finished recently, both are 1/32 scale and I really admire how they turned out. Won't find me trying one anytime soon though!
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